Families play a critical role in the continued success and growth of Special Olympics Kansas. Family members can be volunteers, coaches, fundraisers, speakers.
Family members of SOKS athletes are offered an opportunity to discover a community of sharing, and caring friends who join them in celebrating the achievements of their loved ones. They are a constant source of support and encouragement for their athletes. Family members/guardians are asked to adhere to the SOKS Code of Conduct.
SOKS believes in the bright future of our athletes. Together we can realize the goal of bringing all persons with intellectual disabilities into a community where they are accepted, respected, and productive citizens. Below are Family Resources to support you in your journey. Click here for more State and Local Health Resources
Special Olympics’ guide, “Realizing the Bright Future of Your Child with an Intellectual Disability”, is a valuable resource for families with children with intellectual disabilities, The guide outlines treatments, therapies, supports and services that can help a child with ID reach their potential throughout their life. Download this great resource here.
Therapeutic Riding Center – New Horizons is a Therapeutic Riding Center in Rantoul, KS, providing individuals with physical, cognitive and emotional disabilities opportunities to experience equestrian riding skills, while improving communication, physical strength and interaction with horses in an atmosphere that is both fun and challenging. Visit www.newhorizonranch.org for more information. Day camps are offered during the summer.
Families Together, Inc. – Providing families and youth with one-to-one assistance, training, resources and tools related to education and building family-school partnerships. Guiding and supporting families of children and youth with special health care needs. Locations in Wichita, Garden City and Topeka. Visit familiestogetherinc.org
Parents as Teachers – Parents as Teachers promotes the optimal early development, learning and health of young children by supporting and engaging their parents and caregivers. Visit parentsasteachers.org
Best Buddies – Best Buddies is the world’s largest organization dedicated to ending the social, physical and economic isolation of the 200 million people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). Our programs empower the special abilities of people with IDD by helping them form meaningful friendships with their peers, secure successful jobs, live independently, improve public speaking, self-advocacy and communication skills, and feel valued by society. Visit www.bestbuddies.org
College Resources – Here are a few links for individuals with an intellectual disability looking at higher education opportunities and resources.